Health and well-being at work

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Updated
15 May 2013
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15 May 2013
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Abstract

The health and well-being of individuals are two dimensions around which researchers and policymakers are re-arranging the debate on how to foster the progress of societies. Health and well-being have an intrinsic value, which should be part of the very definition of progress, and also a societal one because of their direct connection with issues such as labour force participation, productivity and sustainability. The aim of this report is to contribute to this debate, building on Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Surveys(EWCS), which have proven to be a valuable source of information on the topic since the early 1990s. Offering a very detailed view of working conditions, the surveys provide the unique opportunity to study the relationship of work with many health dimensions and, in the fifth EWCS, with a measure of emotional and psychological well-being of individuals. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    76
    Reference No: 
    EF1302
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    Health and well-being at work

    The health and well-being of individuals are two dimensions around which researchers and policymakers are re-arranging the debate on how to foster the progress of societies. Health and well-being have an intrinsic value, which should be part of the very definition of progress, and also a societal one because of their direct connection with issues such as labour force participation, productivity and sustainability. The aim of this report is to contribute to this debate, building on Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Surveys(EWCS), which have proven to be a valuable source of information on the topic since the early 1990s. Offering a very detailed view of working conditions, the surveys provide the unique opportunity to study the relationship of work with many health dimensions and, in the fifth EWCS, with a measure of emotional and psychological well-being of individuals.

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    2
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    EF1302
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    Health and well-being at work - Executive summary

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    Eurofound
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    Health and well-being are key topics in the debate on improving the lives of individuals in society. They are directly linked to labour force participation, productivity and sustainability. As work is central to health and well-being, this report investigates the relationships between these factors and working conditions of European workers, drawing on Eurofound’s fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS). It looks at work-related stress and the psychosocial work environment in relation to health conditions like musculoskeletal diseases and mental health. It explores quality of work and job security and their links with well-being, as well as the prevalence of absenteeism and presenteeism. It reveals huge differences in levels of health and well-being across countries and across individual and job characteristics. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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